Monday, April 16, 2018

Cessna 525 CitationJet, N525P: Fatal accident occurred April 15, 2018 in Crozet, Albemarle County, Virginia

Kent Donald Carr 
January 16, 1967 - April 15, 2018

Kent Donald Carr, 51, of Staunton, VA passed away April 15, 2018.  He loved aviation and was flying home at the time.  He was born January 16, 1967 in Staunton and was the second of three sons born to Mitchell and Iris Carr.  In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Todd and his wife Jorie and his nephew Mac and niece Harper Carr.  He is also survived by his beloved chocolate lab Buddy, his constant companion.  Kent was preceded in death by his older brother Scott on December 22, 2017.  He was a graduate of Robert E Lee High School and Randolph Macon College.  He worked in the family business, Augusta Lumber. 

Services will be held on Saturday April 21 at 2:00 at St John’s United Methodist Church located at 1716 N. Augusta St in Staunton.  The family will receive friends after the service.  Memorials may be made to Valley Mission, 1513 W. Beverley St., Staunton VA 24401, or a charity of your choice.

Henry Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia 

Aircraft crashed into cell tower and side of mountain. 

Augusta Aviation LLC:

Date: 16-APR-18

Time: 00:54:00Z
Regis#: N525P
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 525
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

STAUNTON - Word spread quickly Monday morning that a Staunton man was the pilot and lone occupant of a plane that went down Sunday night near Crozet in a fatal crash.

On Wednesday, Virginia State Police made it official as it was announced that Kent D. Carr, 51, was the pilot of the aircraft that crashed on a mountainside by Saddle Hollow near Crozet on Sunday at about 9 p.m.

According to his obituary, Carr was an avid flier and died "while flying home."

Carr once worked in his family's business, Augusta Lumber.

A graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and Randolph Macon College, he was preceded in death by his older brother, Scott M. Carr, who died in December at the age of 55. In addition to his parents, Kent Carr is survived by his brother, Todd.

Bret Ritchie, a Staunton resident and a close friend of Carr, said, "Kent was kind and gentle. He loved his dog (Buddy), he loved his family, especially his niece and nephew, and he loved life."

Multiple fire and EMT crews were at the scene Sunday night. First responders reported an "extensive debris field" around the crash, along with a fire, according to radio traffic.

The crash took place shortly after an area tornado warning was lifted. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, according to state police. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. 

Services for Carr will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at St John's United Methodist Church in Staunton. The family will receive friends after the service. Memorials can be made to Valley Mission, 1513 W. Beverley St., Staunton, Virginia, 24401, or another charity, according to Henry Funeral Home.

Original article can be found here ➤

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Investigators with several agencies are on the scene of a deadly plane crash in Albemarle County.

Members of the Virginia State Police, National Transportation Security Board (NTSB), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) were out at the crash site to conduct their preliminary investigation Monday, April 16.

First responders were called out to private property near Saddle Hollow Road around 9 p.m. Sunday, April 15.

A Cessna 525 CitationJet had crashed into an open area at the base of the mountain.

"The largest pieces up there were actually the two jet engines that were on the ground, and one piece of probably six-foot worth of metal. But otherwise, everything was down into small pieces," said Crozet Fire Assistant Chief Larry Devault.

Emergency crews recovered one body from the crash, and authorities do not believe anyone else had been on board the plane. Fire and rescue crews say Sunday night’s torrential downpours limited their recovery efforts.

"It was steep, wet, it was treacherous, and it just was hard getting vehicles up there. It was hard getting manpower up there," Devault said.

Several neighbors say they called 911 just minutes after the crash. They add their small community has been flooded with tragedy: first there was a deadly train crash in February, and now a deadly plane crash.

"Fear really was just making sure things on the property were safe. Nothing had happened to the house, and then thoughts of survivors, what could have happened and it was raining a good deal,” said witness Hawker Dawes.

"I think the community is concerned about what's going on. I'm sure everyone will band together and figure out how to deal with it," neighbor Elaine Clark said.

Police are working to positively identify the victim in the crash, as well as notifying next of kin.

Neighbors are offering their condolences to the pilot's family.

"I'm sure they're grief stricken, it's a horrible, horrible thing to happen and my thoughts are with them," said Dawes.

Virginia State Police announced Monday afternoon that the crash scene has been turned over to the NTSB and FAA for their official investigations into the cause of the incident.

04/16/2018 Release from Virginia State Police:

The crash scene near Saddle Hollow Road in Crozet has been turned over to the NTSB and FAA for their official investigations into the cause of the fatal plane crash.

State police are still awaiting confirmation from the Office of the Medical Examiner on the pilot's identification. Until that positive identification is made and next of kin is formally notified, state police will not be releasing the pilot's name.

At 9:03 p.m., Sunday (April 15), Virginia State Police responded to a report of a downed plane near Saddle Hollow Road in Crozet. The 1996 fixed-wing, twin-engine Cessna crashed in a remote area and one body was recovered from the wreckage. At this stage of the investigation, it has been determined that the aircraft had only one occupant.

Original article can be found here ➤

CROZET, Va. (WCAV) — The one person who was aboard a Cessna 525 CitationJet that crashed in Crozet on Sunday was killed in the crash.

Virginia State Police confirmed the body has been transported to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy and identification.

The crash happened on private property, according to state troopers.

The identity of the man has not yet been released.

On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board began investigating the scene, along with State Police.

The Cessna 525 CitationJet crashed about 9 p.m. Sunday in Crozet.

Severe weather and tornado warnings had moved throughout the region near the plane crash. Homes were destroyed. Thousands lost power.

Gov. Ralph Northam said on Twitter that he's declared a state of emergency to help local and state agencies respond.

The National Weather Service is sending a team to Albemarle County to determine if a tornado caused the high winds.

Original article can be found here ➤


Anonymous said...

On almost a straight line from Richmond Executive to Shannondoa Valley airport

Anonymous said...

I live a short distance from the crash site in Crozet. Weather was very poor all day Saturday. I had wanted to fly my Piper from CHO to Blacksburg. Wind gusts up in the high 20s. I did not go.

Anonymous said...

Looks like he had done short flight at Richmond Executive earlier in the day according to flightaware

Anonymous said...

Strange that the flight track log at KFCI Sunday morning were reported by Potomac TRACON and Washington Center at the 3-4000 ft altitudes, but no tracks from KFCI to the accident site that evening

Anonymous said...

Severe TRWs and a tornado reported in area at the time.

Anonymous said...

My guess is he was repositioning the plane vfr without an assigned code ... Low altitude under wx and night ... RIP

Anonymous said...

Plane is based in SHD. Pilot was practicing or taking a check ride in Richmond. Returning to SHD VFR in worsening weather. Tragic.

Anonymous said...

The weather around the site was solid IFR at the time with heavy rain and thunderstorms that had just passed. I'm a long time turbine pilot and flying a jet VFR in that weather was just plain, well, let's just say I would never have even considered it.